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Coat Of Arms and Name Origin.
Posted by: Joseph McGimsey (ID *****2286) Date: February 28, 2003 at 21:02:28
In Reply to: Name Origin of McGimpsey. by Joe McGimsey of 179

Origin Of Name McGimpsey

I received from Desmond McGimpsey of Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland information about the McGimpsey Crest and our name origin. The information below is quoted from his letter. "The McGimpsey crest is, I am told, taken from their parent clan, the Dempseys or 0'Dempseys, whose base was in Co Leix, formerly Queen's County." "The McGimpseys are without doubt native Irish and the Gaelic spelling of the name is MacDiomasaigh. 'I'he interesting thing is that the modern English version and unciation is much closer to the original than Dempsey, the more familiar Anglicised form which became established in the South of Ireland and is found throughout the English-speaking world." In Northern Ireland, the name is pronounced with a soft 'G' ( G, as in gin, not G as in Guinness ). This correspondends with the original. pronunciation of the name in lrish where DIOM sounds like something between Jim and Jum. "It is established that the McGimpseys/McGimseys/McJimseys in North America all have their origins from the Co Down McCimpseys who started, emigrating across the Atlantic from the rniddle of the l8th Century. They are descended directly from the early colonists or from other McGimpseys who arrived subsequently." "The Co Down McGimpseys hail from the rural environment of the town of Newtownards and their family burying ground is Movilla Cemetery at Newtownards. McGimpsey headstones can be found going back to the close of the l8th Century;none survive from earlier and burial records of McGimpseys exist from about that time."
BLAZON OF ARMS McGimpsey ARMS: Gules a lion rampant argent and langued azure between two swords points upwards of the second pommels and hilts d' or one in bend dexter the other in bend sinister. CREST: Out of a mural coronet seven battle-axes, all proper. MOTTO: ELATUM A DEO NON DEPRIMAT. "Let one not depress him who is exalted by God."


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